SAFETY TALKS: Electrical Hazards ____________________________________________
Electrical hazards are doubly hazardous in that there is not only the chance of electrocution but also, there is the probability that any electric shock will cause a loss of consciousness that may well result in a fall of some sort. Today we will discuss methods of receiving an electric shock and ways to avoid electrical hazards.
Methods of Receiving an Electric Shock
- From a defective power tool.
- From defective extension cords.
- From overloading a switch or over-riding a by-pass.
- By not grounding electrical equipment.
- By coming in close contact with live electric lines.
- By coming too close to high power lines with the power arching over and making contact.
- Always inspect tools and equipment for frayed cords and defective plugs before using them.
- Never use a power tool that has had the ground plug removed; inspect the plug.
- Never stand in water and operate a power tool without proper (i.e., insulated) footwear.
- Keep extension cords out of water when in use.
- Consider all power lines “live” and avoid contact with them.
- Follow the company assured grounding/electrical protection program.
- Disconnect all electrical tools and cords when not in use.
- Be use all temporary lighting is equipped with bulb covers.
- Make sure all power supplies, circuit boxes and breaker boxes are properly marked to indicate their purpose.
- Use Ground Fault Interrupters (GFI’s) on all jobsites.